Early Childhood Lead Teachers
JCC Early Childhood Services’ philosophy is based on a developmental approach that focuses on exploration and experimentation within a nurturing and social environment. Children learn the basic skills necessary to develop academically, creatively, socially, emotionally, physically and spiritually.
Creative Curriculum is the framework for the JCC Early Childhood learning experience. In support of meeting the Illinois Early Learning Standards, a variety of respected teaching methods are implemented to transmit the learning experiences and values that set a JCC Early Childhood education apart. Our aim is to provide a program of Jewish enrichment, teach Jewish values, and to build a strong sense of Jewish identity. Our staffs help children develop the skills and self-confidence necessary for living in a complex, changing world. A vital part of our teachers’ role is to communicate and work with families to develop mutual, realistic expectations for learning and behavior. All JCC schools are NAEYC accredited and licensed by DCFS.
As a Lead Teacher within our Early Childhood program, you will:
- Be responsible for the safety and welfare of the children, supervising children by sight and sound;
- Create and implement a program that includes elements of the JCC’s integrated secular and Jewish curriculum and that helps children achieve their full potential, recognizing that each child has a unique style of growth and learning;
- Provide and maintain an atmosphere which is conducive to emotional and cognitive growth;
- Build partnerships with parents and establish and maintain good communications with staff and families through parent conferencing, newsletters and on a daily informal basis;
- Supervise and guide teacher assistants, students and volunteers in the classroom and engage them in the creation of weekly plans;
- Take leading role in fostering a collaborative, team-focused atmosphere, both in the classroom and within Early Childhood Services as a whole;
- Attend and actively participate in staff meetings and training and development opportunities;
- Effectively select classroom learning materials within the bounds classroom budgets.
- Provide observation, documentation and assessment of children to support and reflect on children’s learning;
- Participate in Department/Agency-wide programs as appropriate;
- Be responsible for meeting NAEYC, ISBE and DCFS standards.
Essential Physical Duties:
The essential physical duties of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Lift children (up to 40 lbs);
- Use hands to manipulate, feel and control classroom items or equipment;
- Be a physical presence with the children at all times on the floor, at tables, on the playground, etc.;
- Diaper children in accordance with DCFS & NAEYC requirements;
- Enact site/classroom emergency procedures quickly and effectively;
- Supervise children by sight and sound;
- Talk, hear and communicate with parents;
- In classrooms where children participate in swimming, be in the pool with the children and aquatics instructor.
Minimum Professional Requirements:
- At least 20 years of age;
- Have a minimum of a CDA or equivalent;
- Be working on an associate’s or higher degree in ECE, child development-family studies, early childhood special education, or elementary education with a concentration in ECE or the equivalent;
- Have a degree (associate’s or higher) outside of the early childhood field and three or more years of work experience in an NAEYC-accredited program;
- Have a degree(associate’s or higher) outside of early childhood field with three or more years of work experience in a non accredited program and at least 30 contact hours of relevant training during that past three years.
Minimum Physical Requirements:
- Must be able to lift and move with children (up to 40lbs.)
- Must demonstrate physical stamina and agility including the ability to be mobile for long periods throughout the day.
- Demonstrated ability to move from sitting (on chair or floor) to standing position easily and quickly;
- Must be able to stand for long periods of time and be able to run and be actively engaged physically with children.
- Must be able to respond to emergency situations, moving from sitting to standing to running quickly and effectively.
- Must be able to supervise children by sight and sound.
- Ability and willingness to be in the pool with children participating in swim programs.
- Ability to understand and articulate JCC’s mission and Early Childhood philosophy;
- Demonstrated knowledge of developmental milestones and best practices;
- Ability to listen and interact joyfully and sensitively to children;
- Evidence of enough maturity and judgment to handle a crisis situation;
- Understanding and ability to work with children’s individual needs;
- Knowledge or the willingness to learn the Jewish values, concepts and traditions in order to provide the foundation for a strong Jewish identity;
- Proven ability to create lesson plans and implement a classroom curriculum with the ability to differentiate and individualize curriculum based on the unique needs of the children;
- Warm and nurturing nature with the ability to use appropriate and positive discipline;
- Understands responsibilities as a mandated reporter;
- Dependable, flexible and adaptable;
- Ability and willingness to learn and grow through supervision;
- Ability to foster a team environment and to be open to new ideas;
- Ability to communicate with children, parents, staff and other JCC personnel;
- Ability to establish and follow boundaries with both children and parents;
- Demonstrates enthusiasm for life-long learning.